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'Brave' Tributes pour in for 'true hero' Billy Kinsella who died in Storm Eunice

The council worker (59) and a colleague were clearing trees when another came down in the strong winds, fatally injuring him.

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William 'Billy' Kinsella

William 'Billy' Kinsella

William 'Billy' Kinsella

Tributes are being paid to the “brave” Billy Kinsella who died on Friday while clearing debris caused by Storm Eunice.

The council worker (59) and a colleague were clearing trees when another came down in the strong winds, fatally injuring him.

The incident occurred late Friday morning in the Ballythomas area of Wexford, close to the Wicklow border.

Mr Kinsella, who has one son, is now being remembered as a “true gentleman” online in a series of tributes from friends and loved ones.

Writing on RIP.ie, a former colleague said: “Condolences to all the Kinsella family and friends, it was a pleasure to have worked with Billy, a true gentleman in every way, rest in peace Billy.”

Someone else said: “Rita, I’m so sorry for you with this sudden and shocking loss for both you and Conor. May you find consolation in the days and months ahead. A brave man doing a hazardous job.”

Another colleague wrote: “Shocked and saddened to lose a work mate doing his work, a gentle giant. My deepest sympathy to Rita and Connor, who he was so proud of. May Billy rest in peace.”

While a Kerry woman added: “My deepest sympathy to all who mourn Billy. May he rest in peace. Full of sunshine, laughter and happiness, how swiftly they're snatched away.”

And some neighbours described the council worker as a “true hero” for trying to keep the local community safe.

Meanwhile, Wexford TD Verona Murphy also extended her condolences to Billy’s family.

“RIP Billy Kinsella, in carrying out his work to ensure the safety of others, clearing debris, Billy lost his life,” Ms Murphy’s tribute began.

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“In expressing sincere sympathy to his wife Rita, his son Conor, work colleagues at Wexford Co Co, his extended family, friends and wider community at this very sad time, united in grief.

“Go raibh suaimhneas síoraí air,” she added.

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